A box of fluffies?

A friend of mine recently moved from the state of Washington to New Zealand (yes, I’m squelching envious feelings here), and she has been writing various tidbits about her life there and what is different from where she lived before. One phrase she mentioned was “a box of fluffies,” which she told me meant “I’m fine” or “doing good.” I tried to look it up to see where on earth that phrase had come from, since I had never heard it before and was fascinated, but alas I had no luck. Do (or did) any of our readers live in NZ, and can they possibly give me any insight on the origin of that phrase?

P.S. According to The Godzone Dictionary: Of Favourite New Zealand Words and Phrases By Max Cryer, it was first found in print in 1943, as ‘a box of birds,’ and is believed to have had its origins in the military. Box of budgies or box of fluffy ducks are much more recent variations.

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